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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Siobhan Benita launches her manifesto in Hackney

Independent candidate Siobhan Benita
Independent mayoral candidate Siobhan Benita was in Hackney this lunchtime to launch her manifesto to be mayor of London. A manifesto which covers all topics, despite what some might say she is not a single issue candidate but putting forward a credible platform and alternative for London. Speaking to the media and supporters at Brooke House Sixth Form College, Hackney, Mrs Benita said:

“I’m delighted to be launching my full manifesto today and demonstrating that I have strong and creative ideas across all policy areas. I may be an independent candidate, but that doesn’t mean I am a single issue candidate. My manifesto demonstrates that I can challenge the main stream political parties from the thoughtful centre and not the wilder extremes, as one political commentator correctly put it”.

“My policies show that I have a very social agenda at heart aimed at improving opportunities for all Londoners. But at the same time I don’t shy away from the tough commercial decisions that are in the best interests of London.”

The headline pledges from Siobhan Benita are as follows:
1. A new fixed-price housing market for London. Delivering 80,000 low cost new homes which will never be sold into the private market. 
2. Making education and youth a mayoral priority - appointing an education commissioner; building 167 new Primary Schools, limited to two forms of entry each year; appoint a Youth Mayor paid for out of my own salary. Restore parents’ faith in the education system, give young people a stake in our city and end the thoughtless demonization of London’s youth.
3. A new era for London’s libraries – protect, support and improve libraries across London making them attractive places that every Londoner can enjoy. In a Benita London, every child will be given a library card through their school. 
4. Set up a full independent review of the Metropolitan police - to cut out inefficiency and discrimination from the police force and nurture mutual respect and support between the public and the MET.
5. Transport – freeze fares until April 2014; reduce fares for those looking for work or on low income; extend tubes for an extra hour at weekends. 
6. Make City Hall accountable – establish an Office of Budget Responsibility for London to bring in better financial management and permanently end vanity projects; hold weekly press meetings and fortnightly public meetings 
7. Support a third runway for Heathrow, delivering 60,000 jobs to London and billions the economy. Enforce on airlines strict noise and emission caps .